Spring 2020 Learning Communities

Learning Community descriptions & connected courses

1) Minutia: Scope it out! (6 Cr.) (Restricted to Nursing majors)
Explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey. How do you balance all the little things to stay healthy, happy, fit, and safe?

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) M 9:00 – 10:50 am - Nikki Roed
  • BIOL 202: Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 3:00 – 3:50 pm Paul Lepp
  • BIOL 202: (lab) W 9:00 – 10:50 am- TBD

2)  It’s All In Your Head (6 Cr.)
Great athletes, actors, musicians, and public speakers can control anxiety, minimize stress, utilize imagery, and use relaxation to control their performance. This learning community combines both techniques of public speaking, movement, and psychology of sport to examine how both the body and mind influence performance.

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MWF 11:00-11:50 pm Beth Odahlen
  • COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH 12:30 – 1:45 pm Aili Smith

3)  Balancing Instinct (3 Cr.)
For many the habits and professional skills developed in college will set the tone for life after college. Therein lies the quandary of figuring out how to juggle, communicate and set positive life practices. Are you looking to start your college experience off on a positive note? Then, join us as we practice yoga, learn to ask the right questions, develop healthy habits and communicate outside our boundaries.

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTJ 11:00 - 11:50 am Karina Stander
  • KIN101: Dance (1 cr.) (PSR3) TTH 10:00 - 10:50 am Terry Eckmann

4)  Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They?  (4Cr.) (Recommended for students in Teacher Education or Communication Disorders)
This group of courses will explore the connections between classroom practices and the processes of learning. Why do some students remember pictures and others remember words? Is it useful to label students? Why are some students motivated and others not so much? Does development affect learning? How can educators help students be successful? We will explore these questions through coursework that looks at the complicated decisions that adults and kids in schools make every day and then visit elementary, middle and high schools to apply the information.

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 1:00 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
  • ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm Laura Zucca
  • ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged Kathy Hintz

5) Power of a Person (Online Only) (2 CR.)

Can one person change the world?  How does change take place?  What causes community action? This First-Year Experience course will examine how individuals determine their belief system, how that belief system impacts their decision making and behaviors, and how those behaviors lead to change in their community.  Students will examine why civic engagement and community service is an integral component of education and our society, as well as the differences between volunteering, civic engagement, and community problem solving.  We will also examine how one figures out their passion and how that passion drives engagement.  Are you ready to see how one person, maybe even you, can create change which impacts a community, city, state, country, or the world?

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2)  Online Instructor is TBD



RC - Required Core
FC - Foundational Content
CCS1 - Problem Solving
CCS2 - Information Literacy
CCS3 - Critical Reading
CCS4 - Quantitative Literacy
CCS5 - Oral/Written Communications
CCS6 - Collaboration
PSR1 - Relationships and Value Systems
PSR2 - Responding to Community Needs
PSR3 - Individual Well - Being
IP1 - Knowledge
IP2 - Experience